discharge

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj, ˈdis-ˌ\
discharged; discharging; discharges

Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to relieve of a charge, load, or burden:
a : unload discharge a cargo ship
b : to release from an obligation will be discharged from further payment
c electrical engineering : to release electrical energy from (something, such as a battery or capacitor) by a discharge (see discharge entry 2 sense 9b) discharging electricity from a battery
2a : to let or put off discharge passengers discharge cargo
b : shoot discharge an arrow
c : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner discharge a patient
d : to give outlet or vent to : emit discharge emotions vehicles discharging exhaust fumes
3a(1) : to dismiss from employment had to discharge several employees last month
(2) : to release from service or duty discharge a soldier was discharged from the Navy
b : to get rid of (something, such as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action (such as payment) failing to discharge their debts
c law : to set aside or dismiss : annul discharge a court order
d : to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill (see bill entry 4 sense 6) in order to bring it before the house (see house entry 1 sense 6a) for action
4 : to bear and distribute (something, such as the weight of a wall above an opening)
5 : to bleach out or remove (color or dye) in dyeing and printing textiles
6 : to cancel the record of the loan of (a library book) upon return

intransitive verb

1a : to throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burden
b : to release electrical energy by a discharge (see discharge entry 2 sense 9b) ensure that the electricity discharges safely
2a : go off, fire used of a gun His weapon discharged .
b : spread, run some dyes discharge
c : to pour forth fluid or other contents where the river discharges into the ocean

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj, dis-ˈ\

Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of relieving of something that oppresses : release
b : something that discharges or releases especially : a certification of release or payment produced the discharge as evidence
2 : the state of being discharged or relieved
3 : the act of discharging or unloading her discharge from the hospital
4 law : release from confinement a record of prison discharges
5 : a firing off the discharge of a weapon
6a : a flowing or issuing out a discharge of spores a discharge of mucus also : a rate of flow controlling the discharge of water
b : something that is emitted a purulent discharge a clear discharge from the eyes and nose
7 law : the act of removing an obligation or liability (see liability sense 2) received a full discharge from his creditors
8a : release or dismissal especially from an office or employment suing for wrongful discharge
b : complete separation from military service her discharge from the Navy an honorable discharge
9a physics : the equalization of a difference of electric potential (see potential entry 2 sense 2c) between two points
b energy engineering : the conversion of the chemical energy of a battery into electrical energy

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Other Words from discharge

Verb

dischargeable \ -​jə-​bəl \ adjective
dischargee \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌchär-​ˈjē \ noun
discharger \ dis-​ˈchär-​jər , ˈdis-​ˌ \ noun

Synonyms for discharge

Synonyms: Verb

blast, fire, loose, shoot, squeeze off

Synonyms: Noun

blasting, firing, shot

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Verb

perform, execute, discharge, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill mean to carry out or into effect. perform implies action that follows established patterns or procedures or fulfills agreed-upon requirements and often connotes special skill. performed gymnastics execute stresses the carrying out of what exists in plan or in intent. executed the hit-and-run discharge implies execution and completion of appointed duties or tasks. discharged his duties accomplish stresses the successful completion of a process rather than the means of carrying it out. accomplished everything they set out to do achieve adds to accomplish the implication of conquered difficulties. achieve greatness effect adds to achieve an emphasis on the inherent force in the agent capable of surmounting obstacles. effected sweeping reforms fulfill implies a complete realization of ends or possibilities. fulfilled their ambitions

Examples of discharge in a Sentence

Verb

She's due to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. We had to discharge several employees last week. Thousands of soldiers were discharged after the war. The judge discharged the jury. The ship discharged missiles against enemy targets. The gun failed to discharge.

Noun

The doctors approved her discharge from the hospital. Several former employees are suing the company for wrongful discharge. After his discharge from the military, he went to college to become a teacher. The damage was caused by accidental discharge of a hunting rifle. a rapid discharge from a gun
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Elfering woke up in the hospital and spent four days in the coronary care unit (CCU) before she was discharged. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Healthy, Experienced Runner Had a Heart Attack During the New York City Marathon," 10 Dec. 2018 Bradford had no criminal record, and he was honorably discharged from the Army, Crump said. German Lopez, Vox, "After a mall shooting, police killed the wrong person — and the real shooter remains at large," 26 Nov. 2018 The only way to avoid these problems seems to be to make sure the techniques are safe for soldiers and reversible after they are discharged. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Short-Term Superhuman: If We Create Augmented Soldiers, Can We Turn Them Back?," 25 Sep. 2018 Kev Carr, who struggled with homelessness and contemplated suicide after he was discharged from the military 14 years ago, said Walking with the Wounded saved his life. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Six military veterans from the US and UK walk 1000 miles together to save lives," 10 Sep. 2018 When he was discharged after three days, Mr. Chang said, he was given no receipt. Kai Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Near Everest’s slopes, a helicopter rescue fraud preys on trekkers," 4 Sep. 2018 He was taken to a hospital in Olbia, but his injuries were not serious and he was discharged, health officials told NBC and CNN. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "George Clooney hospitalized after scooter accident in Italy," 10 July 2018 The 57-year-old actor was taken to a hospital in the city of Olbia, but his injuries were not serious and he was quickly discharged, a health official told NBC News. Claudio Lavanga /, NBC News, "George Clooney hospitalized after scooter crash in Italy," 10 July 2018 The flow was disinfected with chlorine to kill bacteria before it was discharged to the lake. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee sewer overflow volumes topped 363 million gallons in June 18-19 storms," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Depending upon factors like the tank size and discharge rate, your humidifier is designed for a certain room size. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Humidifiers to Buy This Winter," 20 Dec. 2018 So it can be used to store excess electricity from renewable energy, and discharge that energy when renewable generation is low. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks," 18 Nov. 2018 Assembly Bill 71, authored by Assemblyman Freddy Rodriguez, D-Pomona, requires California law enforcement agencies to report use-of-force incidents that result in seriously bodily injury, death or involve the discharge of a firearm. Angela Hart, sacbee, "California police killed more than 170 civilians in 2017," 10 July 2018 The discharges have become a political sticking point in a crucial election year, as Republican Gov. Rick Scott challenges incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson for a U.S. Senate seat. Jennifer Kay, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Blue-green algae, red tide soil beaches, threaten Florida tourism," 10 July 2018 Sales were down with the rain and so were the discharge of the fireworks by private displays in the county, but no major incidents were recorded. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty fireworks go on despite rain," 5 July 2018 Once surveys are complete, the USGS will calculate the flood peak discharge at each site in the coming weeks. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "How surveyors track high water marks throughout Maryland after flooding — and what that data is used for," 31 May 2018 What’s more, the extra vaginal discharge produced during pregnancy doubles as lubricant. Nancy Redd, Marie Claire, "6 Tips for Amazing Sex During Pregnancy," 13 Apr. 2018 In the 2013 accidental discharge, a person attending a gun show had picked up a large-caliber handgun that was part of a vendor’s display. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Ada County lifts moratorium on gun shows at Expo Idaho | Idaho Statesman," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of discharge

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for discharge

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French descharger, from Late Latin discarricare, from Latin dis- + Late Latin carricare to load — more at charge

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More Definitions for discharge

discharge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to allow (someone) to leave a hospital, prison, etc.

: to take away the job of (someone) : to end the employment of (someone)

: to end the service of (someone) in a formal or official way : to release (someone) from duty

discharge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

: the release of someone from a hospital, prison, etc.

: the act of firing or dismissing someone from a job

: the act of ending a person's service to the military

discharge

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj \
discharged; discharging

Kids Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to allow to leave or get off The patient was discharged from the hospital.
2 : to dismiss from service discharge a worker
3 : to free of a load or burden : unload discharge a ship
4 : shoot entry 1 sense 2 discharge a gun
5 : to cause to shoot out of discharge a bullet
6 : to pour forth fluid or other contents The chimney discharged smoke.
7 : to get rid of by paying or doing discharge a debt He discharged his responsibilities.

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj \

Kids Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the release of someone from a place The doctor approved her discharge from the hospital.
2 : the release from a duty or debt
3 : a certificate of release or payment
4 : the act of firing a person from a job
5 : an end of a person's military service
6 : an act of firing off a gun's discharge
7 : something that flows out The discharge was coming from a pipe.

discharge

verb
dis·​charge | \ dis(h)-ˈchärj, ˈdis(h)-ˌ \
discharged; discharging

Medical Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a patient from the hospital
2a : to give outlet to or emit a boil discharging pus
b : to release or give expression to (a pent-up emotion or a repressed impulse) discharged his anxiety by working out with a punching bag

intransitive verb

: to pour forth fluid or other contents

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis(h)-ˌchärj, dis(h)-ˈ \

Medical Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of relieving of something discharge of a repressed impulse
2 : release from confinement, custody, or care returned to work the day after discharge from the hospital
3 : something that is emitted or evacuated a purulent discharge from a wound a thick white vaginal discharge

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discharge

transitive verb
dis·​charge | \ dis-ˈchärj, ˈdis-ˌchärj \

Legal Definition of discharge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to release from an obligation: as
a : to relieve of a duty under an instrument (as a contract or a negotiable instrument) also : to render (an instrument) no longer enforceable a formal instrument…may be discharged by either cancellation or surrender — J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo
b : to release (a debtor in bankruptcy) from liability for his or her debts
2 : to release from confinement, custody, or care discharge a prisoner
3a : to dismiss from employment : terminate the employment of
b : to release from service or duty discharge a jury discharge a witness
4a : to get rid of (as a debt or obligation) by performing an appropriate action
b : to fulfill a requirement for evidence which is required to discharge the burden of going forward— W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
5 : to order (a legislative committee) to end consideration of a bill in order to bring it before the house for action

Other Words from discharge

dischargeability \ dis-​ˌchär-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
dischargeable \ dis-​ˈchär-​jə-​bəl \ adjective

discharge

noun
dis·​charge | \ ˈdis-ˌchärj \

Legal Definition of discharge (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of relieving of something that burdens or oppresses : release
b : something that discharges or releases especially : a certification of or a document proving release or payment
2 : the state of being discharged or released a party seeking a total discharge
3 : release from confinement ordering a conditional discharge of the alien on habeas corpusHarvard Law Review
4 : the act of removing an obligation or liability (as by payment of a debt or performance of a duty)
5a : a dismissal from employment or office
constructive discharge
: discharge of an employee effected by making the employee's working conditions so intolerable that he or she reasonably feels compelled to resign
retaliatory discharge
: a wrongful discharge that is done in retaliation for an employee's conduct (as reporting an employer's criminal activity) and that clearly violates public policy
wrongful discharge
: discharge of an employee for illegal reasons or for reasons that are contrary to public policy (as in retaliation for the employee's refusal to engage in unlawful activity)
b : a release from service or duty

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